RIMA is a theoretical journal that utilizes a basic resource and rule system to create collaborative and reflexive writing processes. Our goal is to engage with useful concepts for thinking about art, media, culture and the world, primarily directed at a contemporary art, media theory and general humanities audience. We seek to generate meaningful discourse within a range of disciplines, presented in accessible prose, while creating an active and open network of artists, researchers and writers.
The structure of the journal is designed to create a game-like process that intertwines two text sections: the Begriffe and the Rimae. The Begriffe are a collection of interdisciplinary conceptual tools, presented in short format. Every issue of RIMA features nine Begriffe. The Rimae are a section for longform articles created for every new issue from a basic rule system:
- The writer must refer to the concepts in the Begriffe and Rimae section of earlier issues making direct use of at least two Begriffe to demonstrate conceptual overlap, hybridity, critical tension etc.
- The article must be concise (1500-3000 words).
- The entry cannot consist only of negation or critique: it must demonstrate some kind of pragmatic or constructive development in relation to the Begriffe i.e. concepts used.
Issue 0 of RIMA consists only of Begriffe, as the foundation for producing future Rimae starting with Issue 1 in December 2019. However, some of the authors took the liberty to reference the concepts of other RIMA writers in their Begriffe articles, and from the outset we can see the process of overlap unfolding (or enfolding). “Seme” connects with “Background”, while the latter is folded within the eponymous “Rima” Begriff. These examples set the stage for the future developments that the triadic rule system intends to create in the Rimae articles.
Neither Issue 0 or subsequent issues are under any thematic restrictions. The Begriffe writers only submit work under the constraints of length and an intention to generate actionable concepts as outlined in the submission guidelines in the about section of the journal. Likewise, the Rimae authors will have complete thematic freedom. Ultimately, RIMA is an invitation to think both pragmatically and poetically, in a collaborative forum designed to experiment with discursive creativity.